He looks great !
I hope he stays healthy ! I really don't want Smith to start
lol @ the site saying we traded for him when we signed him.
He's also a NY Jet blueblood (draft class of 2006) & the team needs the consistency of players like Smith, Devito and Pouha to step up as team leaders for the new guys.
Either way, Smith had his best season last year despite all the back biting going on with the offense.
hey look at me i my legs are weak but i make up for it by having a very strong upper body
All I'm saying is, when healthy, LaRon Landry is a tackling machine. The man put up 85 tackles during only 9 games of play only two years ago (2010). He was on pace for 151 tackles before going down only 9 games into the season.
89 tackles are the highest amount of tackles that Eric Smith has even recorded during a single season. 76 tackles are the highest amount of tackles that Jim Leonhard has ever recorded during a single season. LaRon Landry, who's only 27 years of age put up that type of production (85 tackles) during only 9 games of play.
He's been in the league for 5 years. Has played in 64 games with a total of 383 tackles. That's an average of 5.9 tackles per game. Would come out to an average of 94.4 tackles per season. The problem is, that he's been hurt over the past two years (17 games missed) which is why he's only averaged 76.6 tackles per season.
It's no secret, that when healthy? LaRon Landry has always been a tackling machine. Not afraid of contact, he's great against the run ala a run stuffer, and holds his own in coverage due to his blazing speed (ran a 4.35 40 coming out of college). He's built for a Rex Ryan led defense. He's the type of strong safety we've lacked over the past 3 years. It's a perfect fit.
He was drafted 6th overall back in only 2007. We may have just walked away with the steal of free agency. When I heard Landry mention that he's 95%, that brought a smile to my face. Also looks to be in excellent physical shape.
I do think Smith will play better this year because he'll be healthier. And that makes being a third, rotational safety about the right spot for him.
Smith got abused last year and took a lot of criticism. He always seemed to be in the frame when the Jets gave up a big play. The Jets feel that he got overused last year and that was part of the problem. The plan this year is for him to play less, which they think will help him play better.
“You’ll love Eric Smith at 300 snaps,” defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. “You don’t like him at 1,000.“
Smith played 966 snaps on defense last year, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That was way up from 705 in 2010 and 424 in 2009, Rex Ryan’s first season as head coach.
Smith also plays a big role on special teams, which helped wear him down, too.
At the end of last season, Smith was far from 100 percent. He played the last five games of the season with a torn meniscus, which required surgery after the season.
“He could have tapped out with five weeks left,” Pettine said. “He spent the last five weeks of the season, he couldn’t go up the steps. That’s how beat up he was. But he knew that, especially after Jimmy [Leonhard] got hurt, we didn’t have anybody else. He toughed it through to his credit. Unfortunately, he bears the brunt of some of the criticism for the end of last year. He’s a warrior. He’s fresh now. He’s healthy. He’s had a great spring.”
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http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jet...uggles-vs-pass JMo I think Jets better hope one of the young safeties they drafted surprises because that still looks like a unit that going to have trouble in coverage.
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